Initial Reaction – New York Jets Select Derrick Jones

Joe Malfa with initial reaction to the New York Jets’ selection of Derrick Jones

With their final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Jets selected Mississippi cornerback Derrick Jones. 

The Positives: Jones is a fresh block of clay that needs some molding. He converted from wide receiver to cornerback while at Ole Miss, so he doesn’t have too many reps at corner. What he does have is insane athleticism. Jones posted a 41-inch vertical jump and broad jump of 11-feet 8-inches at his pro day. He is raw and has the potential to develop into a depth corner, but for now he is nothing more than a member of the kickoff coverage team thanks to his straight line speed.

The Negatives: Jones has very little experience at corner and while he has the length teams seek in corners, he does not have the build. He could develop physically, settle into his new position at corner and develop into a solid depth option, but it’s a long-shot.

Roster Waves: This move won’t have much impact on the roster. He will be at the back end of the CB depth chart and compete for a role on special teams. Jones will also be a practice squad candidate to give him time to develop.

Overview: This is the sort of pick you would expect at the tail end of the sixth round unless the team is absolutely in love with someone — a developmental prospect who can play on special teams. He has the length and athleticism to develop into a depth player or a low-end starter, but he has a long way to go.

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